Karen H. Knox, CMP, is Executive Director of TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue, in addition to being an independent consultant. She has more than 30 years of experience in fundraising, grant administration, communications, and nonprofit management. Karen is the first Executive Director for TEXSAR and her primary responsibilities have been to establish a Development Plan for the organization, create a database of donors and lead funding efforts for the organization including annual appeals, corporate, foundation and individual giving. Prior to joining TEXSAR, she was the first Development Director for A Legacy of Giving, the youth philanthropy fund of the Austin Community Foundation teaching youth the value of philanthropy. She has also worked as the Development Specialist with the Texas Historical Commission and its affiliated 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. Before joining THC, she served as the Senior Development Director, Special Events for Special Olympics Texas. In that capacity, she was responsible for all the statewide fundraising event efforts of the organization, supervising event staff in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Karen served as the Director of Education and Meetings for the Texas Chemical Council and its affiliate, the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas. During that time she also served as the Vice President of the Texas Science Education Foundation. She was the first Development Director for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, leading twenty-six schools within the district in developing and executing development plans. While with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, she was responsible for all fundraising events within the community, and the Labor Day Telethon.
VOLUNTEERISM AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Karen’s career in Development began as a member of the Junior League of Corpus Christi where she served as chair of two major fundraisers, the community- wide event Bayfest and the Junior League Rummage Sale. Her responsibilities included leading community committees in the successful implementation of these events, raising funds for community nonprofits and Junior League projects. More recently, she has been a Docent at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum telling visitors the story of La Belle, La Salle’s ship discovered in Matagorda Bay.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
Karen holds a degree in Journalism with a minor in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Certified Meeting Professional and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Karen has completed Principals and Techniques and Developing Major Gifts courses from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University.